Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Birthday Party
Happy Piddletractor Day!
It’s May 20th and that can mean only one thing: It’s time for a playdate with Grandma Sparrow at his Piddletractor Birthday Party. Each year on this day, we look back to when Grandma entered our lives and introduced us all to his world of Piddletractor. His Piddletractor Orchestra weaves a kaleidoscopic soundscape of a story about Grandma’s missing nephew, the clown prince Alewishus. Along the way, we meet Tristan Wimbley, Scrimpa, the Oryoman, and countless other characters direct from creator and musician Joe Westerlund’s imagination. Clocking in at 33 minutes, this psychedelic children’s song-cycle for adults says a lot while saying nothing at all. It befuddles us while touching us at our core. It challenges – as we believed in 2014 and we still believe today – the definition of what a record can be in the 21st century.
Appropriately enough, Bizarre Magazine at the time called it “Album of the month times ten!” The Village Voice said it’s “Gloriously freaky…super-fun.” SPIN adjectivized it as “nostalgic, futuristic, hilarious, profound, disturbing, ecstatic, ridiculous, and brilliant” (appending a 9 out of 10 rating to boot).
Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra is instantly timeless, in that it belongs to no time. Three years later, it sounds just as fresh, bizarre, and perfect as it did on May 20th, 2014.
To celebrate Piddletractor Day, we’re offering the record in our store for half off, today only – $6.50 for CD, $9 for vinyl. Grab your discounted copy here and dive into the world of Piddletractor. Grandma’s also gotten his hands on Spacebomb’s Instagram password and is already running amok, so…sorry about that.
Now, without further ado, zip up your word muffins, grab a carpet square, and celebrate with us. Happy Piddletractor Day!
Howard Ivans – “King of Careless”
Stereogum has unveiled the second track off Howard Ivans‘ debut full-length album, Beautiful Tired Bodies. Listen to “King of Careless,” which they call “a sumptuously arranged blast of smooth, smooth sensuality.”
Pre-order Beautiful Tired Bodies (SB011) on iTunes and get instant downloads of “King of Careless” and “Denise,” or get your limited edition metallic gold vinyl (a pre-order exclusive) through the Spacebomb store:
Bedouine – “Solitary Daughter”
NPR Music presents the latest offering from Bedouine, “Solitary Daughter,” calling it “a song of seclusive elegance.” Stereogum adds that it’s “one of the most gorgeous new songs I’ve heard this year.” Bedouine’s forthcoming self-titled debut album will be released on June 23rd.
Pre-order Bedouine (SB010) on iTunes and get instant downloads of “Solitary Daughter” and “Dusty Eyes,” or CD and vinyl through the Spacebomb store:
Howard Ivans – ‘Beautiful Tired Bodies’ – Out Sep. 22
Howard Ivans is back, this time with his full-length debut album. Beautiful Tired Bodies is pure magic, a soft funk tone poem to lost identity, the grip of love, and trying to live in the present as time rushes under the bridge. “Frame it, display it, something Renoir would have painted,” he declares in the first single “Denise,” which you can hear now.
Beautiful Tired Bodies will be released September 22, 2017. It’s available on limited edition metallic gold vinyl with an exclusive screenprint designed and printed by Spacebomb art director Travis Robertson (a pre-order exclusive, limited to 100 units), standard black vinyl, CD, and digital download. Add on the Red Face Boy 7″ for just $3.
Fall down the rabbit hole of Ivan Howard’s alter ego and wake up in a stylized soundscape, surrounded by twisting melodies and singing shadows. Beautiful Tired Bodies is the latest installment of chromatic-eyed soul from the man who brought us 2013’s “magnificent art-funk treasure” (SPIN) and “a symphonic funkscape worthy of Quincy Jones” (UNCUT), “Red Face Boy b/w Pillows.” Talking to the mirror in the man, Howard Ivans delivers his full-length debut, co-produced by Trey Pollard and Cameron Ralston, featuring the Spacebomb house band and a VIP list of Richmond musicians. The experience is immersive, a headlong rush, shot through with highlights like Pollard’s transfixing string arrangements and bold keyboard riffs from Devonne Harris (Stones Throw). Howard Ivans stands in the spotlight, a man who once recorded a bold, song-by-song remake of Sade’s Love Deluxe, delivering a new soft funk tone poem, a voice crooning out in the wilderness. Read more about Howard Ivans.
Howard Ivans – Beautiful Tired Bodies (SB011)
CD/LP/DIG | 09.22.2017
Introducing Bedouine – Debut album out June 23
We’re very happy to welcome Bedouine to the Spacebomb family and announce that her self-titled debut album is due out June 23rd. You can listen to the lead single “Dusty Eyes” now at FADER, who calls the forthcoming album “gorgeous, drifting folk music filled with sun.”
Bedouine, a gallicized riff on bedouin, the nomad, the wanderer. Anyone can assume such a name, but Azniv Korkejian has an experience of what it means, the type of ground it covers. Her development was shaped by political landscapes and family opportunities, her adult life patterned by paths of her own. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, Korkejian spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. They settled in Boston, then Houston, but she split for L.A. as soon as she could. A casual offer to stay on a horse farm took her to the rolling hills of Lexington, Kentucky, followed by a year in Austin, and a trip east to Savannah for a degree in sound design. Returning to L.A., she discovered a close-knit community of musicians in Echo Park that started to feel like home. Read more about Bedouine.
Bedouine – Bedouine (SB010)
CD/LP/DIG | 06.23.2017